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Novak Djokovic Held For Eight Hours On Arrival In Australia: Lawyers | Tennis News


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Novak Djokovic was held for eight hours on arrival in Australia, mostly ‘incommunicado’ his lawyers said Saturday, three days into the tennis superstar’s detention in a Melbourne facility.

“This occurred after he was in immigration clearance — for the most part incommunicado — for about eight hours, until just before 8:00 am on 06 January 2022,” his lawyers said in a federal court submission seeking to overturn the cancellation of his visa.

During a court filing on Saturday, Djokovic’s lawyers also said he was given a Covid-19 vaccine exemption because he tested positive for the virus in December.

The world number one has also requested to be moved to a facility where he can train for the Australian Open, his lawyers said, after a vaccine exemption to play the tournament was rejected.

“The date of the first positive Covid PCR test was recorded on 16 December 2021,” his lawyers said in a filing to the federal court seeking to overturn the cancellation of his Australian entry visa.

Djokovic, an outspoken vaccine sceptic, will have his appeal heard in court on Monday.

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Border agents tore up Djokovic’s entry visa for failing to meet the country’s tough Covid-19 vaccine requirements when he landed in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Foreigners are still mostly banned from travel to Australia, and those granted entry must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

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